• LOCATION 44 | Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront

    Great Fire of 1850

    A spectacular waterfront fire occurred on this block in 1850. It started at a warehouse where this new apartment building stands.

    The fire began when pressed hay stored in an upper floor of the warehouse combusted. Explosions of saltpeter followed. At least twenty-eight lives were lost, including several firefighters and some who died after jumping into the river to avoid the inferno.

    Keep going. I'll meet you at the bridge.

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